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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Wholesome Pancakes

Revamp your pancake game with these tips for making healthier and more nutritious pancakes. From whole grain flours to creative toppings, discover ways to enjoy this breakfast classic guilt-free. 


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Opt for whole wheat or whole grain flour instead of refined white flour. Whole grains provide more fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making your pancakes more nutritious. 

1. Choose Whole Wheat Flour

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Use less sugar in your pancake batter or consider using natural sweeteners like mashed bananas or pureed dates to add sweetness. 

2. Reduce Sugar

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Incorporate protein into your pancakes by adding ingredients like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or protein powder. This can increase the satiety and nutritional value of your pancakes. 

3. Add Protein

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Instead of using regular milk, try using unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, or other plant-based milk alternatives. They are lower in calories and can add a slightly nutty flavor to your pancakes. 

4. Use Alternative Milk Options

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Opt for healthier toppings such as fresh berries, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of pure maple syrup instead of sugary syrups or spreads. 

5. Experiment with Toppings

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Enhance the nutritional content of your pancakes by adding mashed bananas, grated zucchini, or pureed pumpkin to the batter. This adds natural sweetness and boosts the fiber and vitamin content. 

6. Sneak In Fruits and Vegetables

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Reduce the amount of butter or oil used in the cooking process. Consider using a non-stick cooking spray or a small amount of heart-healthy oils like olive oil or coconut oil instead. 

7. Use Minimal Oil or Butter

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Explore gluten-free options like almond flour, coconut flour, or buckwheat flour for pancakes that cater to specific dietary needs. 

8. Alternative Flours

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Control portion sizes by making smaller pancakes. This helps with portion control and allows you to enjoy the pancake experience without overindulging. 

9. Smaller Portion Sizes

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Accompany your pancakes with a side of protein-rich foods like eggs or Greek yogurt and a serving of fresh fruit. This helps create a more balanced meal with a variety of nutrients. 

10. Balance Your Meal

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Remember, moderation is key. While these tips can make your pancakes healthier, it's still important to enjoy them as part of an overall balanced diet. 


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